Challenge of Protecting Mass Gatherings in a Post-9/11 World: Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, July 9, 2008 [open pdf - 300KB]
From the opening statement of Bennie G. Thompson: "When Americans think of mass gathering events, the Super Bowl, the national conventions and the Pope's recent visit come to mind. How the Department of Homeland Security manages and coordinates these high-profile national security events is certainly worthy of discussion, but that is a discussion for another day. Today, we will turn our attention to the challenges of securing mass gatherings that are not considered national special security events, that do not have the Federal Government coming in to run security and are held in communities that do not have huge amounts of resources for security. Think of State fairs, collegiate sporting events and even large shopping complexes during the holiday season. Mass gatherings, whether they have national security event rating or not, could be particularly tempting targets for Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations with the goal of killing or injuring the most people, destroying the most infrastructure and having the greatest impact possible with the least amount of effort." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Bennie G. Thompson, Sheila Jackson Lee, Robert B. Stephan, Roger T. Rufe Jr., Thomas H. Blackwell, Scott McCartney, Douglas Reynolds.
Serial No. 110-124
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